Sham-e-Ali Nayeem


Executive Director

Sham-e-Ali is a poet, visual artist and public interest attorney born in Hyderabad, India and raised in both the UK and the US.  She brings significant experience as an advocate for racial and economic justice, and as Program Director at the Leeway Foundation, Sham-e-Ali lead programs that supported women and trans* artists and cultural producers working in communities at the intersection of art, culture and social change. As a recipient of the Echoing Green Fellowship, she designed and implemented an economic justice legal program for survivors of family and intimate partner violence to challenge the devastating impact of "welfare reform" in NYC. Through her work, poetry and visual art, Sham-e-Ali explores the human cost of displacement, economic, racial justice, and healing justice, feminism, ending islamophobia, and uplifting our shared humanity. She feels art is a powerful catalyst for change and shifting cultural narratives. Sham-e-Ali is the recipient of the 2016 Loft Literary Center Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship, and her poetry has appeared in publications anthologies. Sham-e-Ali has performed her poetry both locally & internationally. She is currently working on her forthcoming book, The City of Pearls (UpSet Press, 2017).

A Message from CultureStrike Executive Director Sham-e-Ali Nayeem

"It is through art and culture that we are able to shift our collective consciousness and transform this grim political climate we find ourselves in. There is a significant cost our communities pay when we are not the ones uplifting our own truths. We have a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our creative alliances and shift cultural narratives that harm us. I invite us all to imagine the kind of world we wish to see and assert the safety and dignity of our communities." Donate Now!